Rest and Renewal
Things to do in the Saint Simons Island Area
Come Early or Stay late to Enjoy these Local Treasures!
Take a Walk on the Beach
Head down to the public beach for an afternoon
Massengale Park – Address: 1350 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Coast Guard Station – Address: 4100 First St., St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Amenities: Beach access with ADA accessible mats, Restroom facilities, Picnic tables
Bike Rentals from Epworth’s Front DeskTour the Island by bikes – $5 the first hour, $12 for four hours.
Other free activities include: swimming pool, pier fishing, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts. Bring own equipment.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island
214 Stable Road Jekyll Island, Georgia
Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. Cost is $7 for adults (13+ years); $6 for Seniors (65+ years); $5 for children (4-12 years); FREE for children 3 and under For a Behind the Scenes Tour, pay an extra $15 for adults and $12 for children beginning at 3:00 p.m. Distance is 16.6 miles from Epworth. Open every day 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Historic Tour of Christ Church
6329 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Built by shipbuilders with little use of nails, Christ Church is set in tall, mossy grass under towering oak trees. The church grounds include a cemetery. Christ Church, one of the oldest churches in Georgia, was founded on St. Simons Island nearly 70 years after the island was first settled by English colonists. Worship has been continuous since 1736 in Christ Church Parish, established by English colonists at Frederica under General James Oglethorpe. Take this tour of the church and Tiffany stained glass. There is a Celtic cross at the center of a winding path through a garden with a rich history. Located 5.7 miles away.
Preregistration is required to tour Christ Church. Please email Allison Kelly at
Fort Frederica National ParkLocated just past Christ Church
This Fort is one of the first British Colonies Fort Frederica is a small colonial site. This land (today’s Georgia) was the epicenter of a centuries-old imperial conflict between Spain and Britain. The terrain is mostly level and the park is decorated with large oaks and pecan trees draped with Spanish Moss. The townsite and small fort provide visitors with a picturesque landscape to enjoy. The 23 minute film “History Uncovered” is shown in the visitor center theater every 30 minutes from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Visitor Center has a bookstore, drink machines, and restroom facilities. The Fort is 5.9 miles from Epworth by the Sea just past Christ Church.
Open every day 8:30am – 5:00pm. FREE
Lighthouse, Museum, and Maritime Center Tour
610 Beachview Dr. St. Simons Island, Georgia
Come climb the 129 circular steps to the top of the St Simons Lighthouse, one of only five in Georgia, as it cast its beam 23 miles out to sea. The Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers spectacular, panoramic views well worth the trip up. Then, explore the original 1872 Keeper’s Dwelling at its base, which served as home to the lighthouse keepers. Self-guided tours are 1 hour which includes both museum and climb. Group rate is $6 minimum 10 people. On your own cost is $12 for adults, $5 children and under five is free. Located 3.2 miles from Epworth. Hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.